I attended Oak & Main’s Valentine’s Market and had quite the blast! Learned some new local businesses and met up with some friendly faces! I didn’t get the chance to stop at every booth, but I snagged their business cards so I could share them with you!
Valentine’s Market Haul
There was so much stuff to choose from, and I’m already excited for the next market they host because there is always such amazing and unique stuff to choose from every time!
I just had to have these cute Valentine’s Day earrings! They also have a variety of jewelry and accessories to choose from as well! DiModa specializes in handcrafted clay jewelry! Their email is DiModa121@gmail.com.
S’more Than a Feeling – They were there and I got to try their seasonal, S’more Love s’more! It was super tasty!
A Closer Look at My Makeup…
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Nicholasville’s One Stop Shop For All Your CBD Needs
Robert Matheny, the owner of Ky CBD Farmacy, shared that he had been watching his mom battle cancer for over a decade. Towards the end, hemp was becoming a thing, and he didn’t believe in hemp at all, so he decided to look more into the plant because if there was a chance that plant could help his mother, he had to figure it out.
Rachael Osland, the co-owner and Robert’s significant other, was in a wreck in 2015 in Nicholasville – head-on drunk driving collision, and lost her 5-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son, and 26-year-old fiance. After her recovery from the hospital, Rachael decided to test alongside Robert the effects of CBD. They soon realized that the plant worked. Once they figured out how it worked, they started sourcing different vendors around the state. There are thousands of different kinds of cannabis/hemp. Both Rachael and Robert are activists for CBD.
Ky CBD Farmacy is one of the best CBD companies in Kentucky that I have shopped at, and have seen the difference with; It is also worth noting that CBD works best when you’re taking the correct dose! You can visit their website for more information!
What You Can Expect To Find
Ky CBD Farmacy has a little something for everyone’s CBD needs! Capsules, oil, bath bombs – YES, CBD BATHBOMBS – vape cartridges, and more. They also offer other items from local vendors such as soaps, incense, etc. You’ll have to visit and see for yourself! Ky CBD Farmacy has two locations, one in Nicholasville and one in Danville, Ky!
One of their best-selling items includes the 1250mg & 2250mg capsules – CO2 extracted oil they chose out of Bullitt County, Ky. Another best-selling item is their 750mg back and body cream!
My Review –
I have been using their 1250mg CBD oil, which is so great for sleep! It’s been a week since I have started on it, and as a heavy melatonin user, I haven’t had to use any in the past two nights! It felt like I was under a weighted blanket when I first tried the oil, and I felt relieved and relaxed. This was just my experience, and it has been my experience since I first tried it. I had the chance to try all kinds of oil there, and this one is, by far, my favourite.
Recently it has been confirmed (Oregan State) in a study that cannabinoids prevent COVID. You can read the link/source by clicking here.
Hemp compounds identified by Oregon State University research via a chemical screening technique invented at OSU show the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.
I had the chance to meet the owner, Jose Victorino! He said what inspired him to get into this business was with the help of his wife, and together they got healthier, and now want to help others as well, which may also need some guidance and support into a healthier lifestyle. I love so much about Right Track Shakes because they encourage community health and even hold classes/fitness groups at their Wells Drinks location. I had the chance to try their Skittles tea which was excellent, and their Firecracker Cheesecake shake, which was also fantastic. Give their drinks a try! They also sell much more; you’ll have to go check it out!
Their Drink Menu – Shakes & Teas
Captain Crunch PB Berries
Coconut Cream Pie
Lemon Pound Cake
White Chocolate Strawberry
Frosted Animal Cookie
East Jags Drink
Jolly Rancher Grape
There are three locations! Wells Drinks (also in Nicholasville) and Woodford Nutrition that is located in Versailles! You can also call Jose for more information that wasn’t covered in this blog post. His number is (859)-552-7021.
If you are in the urgent need or know someone in need of shelter here in Jessamine County, please go ahead and visit this website for the JCHC: https://www.jchcky.com/
Backstory of How the Homeless Shelter Started
The Jessamine County Homeless Coalition became a legal non-profit in May 2016. However, they opened for operation in Nov 2016. When asking Johnny Templin, the Executive Director and Founder for JCHC, about the background and how JCHC came to be, he replied, “in January 2015, our food pantry opened. After praying into it for two weeks, God clearly answered. Preachers all of a sudden started asking me for resources for homeless people. After two weeks, I submitted and decided to start the process and make it legal in our coming.”
Something worth mentioning is how they host great and sometimes unique events, remember my blog post on the 2021 Jessamine County Fall Festival? They were the hosts and organizers/operators of the event! As well as the Jessamine Maze Days Event.
Programs and Services Offered at the Moment
There are quite a few good programs at JCHC that are beneficial to individuals in urgent need and any community members needing any of the provided and open (to the community) services listed below.
Emergency Shelter – 4 Days Emergency Center for those temporairly homeless.
Case Managed 90 Day Program – Focuses on housing stability and placement, with an emphasis on arrangement, coordination, monitoring, and delivery of services related to housing needs and improving house stability (JCHC Webiste).
Community Meals – Three meals provided for anyone in need:
Breakfast 7:00am – 8:00am
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Community Showers – 9am – 6pm daily based on JCHC needs and availability.
Community Laundry – One load per household nightly from 5pm – 7pm.
Please visit their website for more information on these services, listed at the top of this post.
The Winter Weather Emergency Shelter Program
This overnight accommodation is strictly designed for any commUNITY member in need of a warm shelter, regardless of past restrictions from JCHC.
Nightly check-in from 7:30pm – 11:00pm.
All persons must abide by facility rules and policies while receiving this emergency service.
Contact the shelter directly or visit their website for more information on the Winter Weather Emergency Shelter/Program.
How We Can Help
There are so many ways we can give and help out others here at the Jessamine County Homeless Coalition/shelter. Did you know there are even little ways that go big we can do? Such as using your Kroger Card or shopping on Amazon? It is a neat way to give back, even without thinking sometimes.
Other ways we can help are by volunteering and donating! If you are considering donating to JCHC, please visit this web page to see what they need and more information; the web page also features more information about how you can use your Kroger card and Amazon.
For monetary donations, you donate via Venmo to @jchcky.
St. “Nich” Christmas Fest Saturday, December 11th, 2021
In this blog post, I am going to be sharing my time at the Christmas Fest, so for those that didn’t get to attend, know what may be in store for next year! Unfortunately, I only got to attend three things, but they were all so fun! I also want to add, everything about the fest was amazing. It felt so nice connecting with the community. We are so blessed to have such a strong, small-town that truly cares about one another and does things like this. I hope everyone who got to go had a great time.
K-CAL Old Time Radio Christmas Show – 2:30pm
My husband and I had a blast watching the Christmas Show at the K-CAL Old Time Radio Theatre. I have done a blog previously on this place, and if you would like to give that blog a read, click here! I absolutely adore the cats and producers, and this Christmas show was a great one! My husband was also lucky enough to attend his first time and win their door prize! It was a great ‘ole time! The show was so suspenseful and overall engaging.
Oak and Main Maker’s Market
I went to the Oak and Main Winter Maker’s Market and had an absolute blast networking and shopping with local Kentucky businesses! I also really want to highlight one business in particular or, well, a few I got to buy from while there! There were many female-owned businesses, and it made me happy to see it! I love supporting fellow girl bosses! Some mentioned may not be labeled as female-owned, but most I will list are!
Hidden Homestead – Berry, Kentucky/Harrison County Business
FEMALE-OWNED BUSINESS! They had a booth at this Winter Market selling baked goods; when I got to talking, I learned that they were actually a meat company that will deliver to all over Kentucky! But they also do a lot of baked goods that you can also order. Check them out on Facebook! The owners are Nicole & Angela Elbourn. I purchased their bourbon balls which did not disappoint!
Dyverse Gemz – Nicholoasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business
I visited this booth on my way out, and immediately the design of her wax melts caught my eye. They are so adorable! The scent I bought was Kentucky Bourbon, and it smelled so good, especially when I went home to change out the wax warmer. I also tried her body cream, and it felt nice to the touch. Check out their website by clicking here, and don’t forget to check out their Instagram.
Hand Crafted at Whiskey Spring Farm – Lancaster, Kentucky/Garrard County Business
This was one of the first booths we visited, and my husband actually picked out this really cute Kentucky blue ornament; I was shocked he wanted to pick the ornament out; he has excellent taste! They make all kinds of cute crafts, and I believe they do customs as well. You can view their Facebook page by clicking here! Also, check out their website!
Fancy Marcelli/Mad Ginger Entertainment
They actually have a true-crime podcast! I bought this lovely ornament pictured below because, as some of you who know me, know Facebook always puts me in “time out,” but hey, I’ve actually been a good this year! Anyhoo, I just had to get this humourous but adorable Facebook Inmate ornament! It was also nice meeting one of the owners and getting to know about how they are into true crime, just like I am! Click here to visit their website and check them out on Facebook!
Beyond Sight Creations – Nicholasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business
I have stumbled upon this booth multiple times, and every time it is just so pleasing to the eye. They make amazing jewelry out of stones, crystals, and more. I bought a dainty emerald ring to represent my birthstone and color. It was so gorgeous, and I had to have it! You can find them on Facebook by clicking here and on Instagram!
Wildling Wanderlust – Nicholasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business
It was so nice meeting Logan; their jewelry is absolutely amazing! I bought a pair of cute snowflake earrings to wear this Winter season and am so excited to coordinate them with vintage outfits. They have amazing rings, earrings, and more! Definitely give them a follow on Instagram by clicking here!
Amanecer Michelle Body and Beauty – Nicholasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business
I enjoyed talking to the owner of this business! I also ended up buying a nice body butter by the name of Pink Sugar. It smells amazing and feels so good to the hands, great for Winter use for anyone who has dry hands! You can visit her Facebook page by clicking here and can click here to view her website!
Sweet & Sassy Jam and Jellies
I got to try their Strawberry Lemonade flavor of Jam, and it was by far the tastiest jam I ever had in my life! I will definitely be purchasing more in the future. You can check them out on Facebook and Instagram!
And there were many more! To see everything from my haul, check out my story highlight, Holidays 2021! If you aren’t on this list but would like to be, please email me at email@example.com if you were a vendor at Oak & Main’s Winter Market. If any wrong information or more you would like me to add, also shoot me an email!
St. Nich Christmas Parade
To wrap up the Christmas Fest (there were many more events, but I could only attend these three, there was the St. Nich Christmas Parade! It was so fun for children and even the adults! My favorite part was by far the Grinch escaping only to be caught by the police! It was funny and very entertaining.
Photos in the gallery above were sent in/submitted by Laronda Royse – The Parade
Gallery – More Photos – From the Christmas Fest!
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Before You Go…
Western Kentucky suffered significant losses in their communities. It is so heartbreaking and devastating. Mayfield, Bowling Green, Dawson Springs, and more Western Ky towns need help. I know Shop Local Ky raised over $100,000, and multiple people have been helping them in clean up. If you too would like to contribute and help, there are many ways you can. I have a story highlight on my Instagram titled “Ky Strong,” in there, you will find multiple sources and other ways you can help the storm/tornado victims. We are in this together. Andy Beshear also set up this government page for anyone who wishes to donate to these communities, linked below.
Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund – Click Here!
Always check if any events are going on near you! You will find all sorts of fun, unique, exciting things to do! You can check out my “News and Events” page here on my website or search for events on Facebook! I always keep my events page up-to-date! A few events my Husband and I are looking at this December are:
Sightseeing for Christmas/Holiday lights is always a fun idea! Many neighborhoods in Lexington often decorate for Christmas, and I feel this would be a unique date experience. There are also places like Louisville Mega Cavern, which hosts Lights Under Louisville, and Southern Lights in Lexington that showcase Christmas/Holiday lights and displays with quite a bit of extra things to do! I will say, Southern Lights has to be one of my favorite places in the wintertime.
1. Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is also a unique date idea. So many people are afraid to get on the ice, but this makes for a great bonding moment together as you can face your fears with each other by trying ice skates out! The Lexington Ice Center is a magnificent place for those who have never been ice skating before! You can check out their website by clicking here. You can also visit Triangle Park in Lexington and their seasonal skating rink! To view times and prices, click here!
No matter what you choose to do for date night, remember that time is precious. Turn off the cellphones, try something new, get out and experience the world around you! If you enjoyed these ideas and if you try them out, let me know! I may make a post for date ideas in Nicholasville or Lexington, or both soon! Comment below what your perfect date night looks like; I would love to hear your thoughts as well! If you enjoy supporting and living local, please consider subscribing to this blog for more posts like this one. I often highlight businesses here that are local in Central Kentucky! You can also follow me on Instagram! As always, thank you for reading and tuning in!
Over this past weekend, there was a vendors craft market hosted by Lemon & Lavendar, a Nicholasville business specializing in vintage crafts. The event was so fun and I met so many amazing people and got acquainted with so many amazing locals & small businesses in Kentucky.
A Little About Lemon & Lavender Vintage:
Lemon & Lavender is a local business that specializes in vintage crafted items. The owner is, Becky Ogden and she operates a booth at Route 27 Vendors located off N. Main in Nicholasville.
“In July I had a grand reopening of the booth where I completely reset and restyled it to fit my style better and stock 99% vintage/antiques now. I’ve been there for 3.5 years. I hope to open my own shop someday, but until then, I’m focusing on my booth and some pop-up sales! Folks can watch my Instagram and FB page for more info! People can also contact me for Lemon & Lavender Vintage & antique t-shirts as well!! Here is a pic of the shirt and my booth after I reset it.” – Becky Ogden
You can check Lemon & Lavender by clicking here for their Instagram, and here for their Facebook page!
Below is a photo of the shirt, and her booth!
The Businesses Who’s Booths I Visited:
There were so many businesses & booths that I lost count! However, here is a list:
And much more! If you were a business there and I missed your booth, email me and I will add you to this list. To learn more about these businesses, click their business names in blue as it will send you to their social media page or website.
I absolutely had a grand ole time, and I feel so did others who attended. I saw lots of happy smiling faces and shopping bags everywhere! It was an in and outside event that was so much fun! I absolutely love connecting with local shops and people. For more content like this, consider subscribing to my blog for all the latest in Central Kentucky, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!
Nicholasville is full of sweet spots, and when I tasted CNC’s donuts, I just had to spread the word. This bakery is full of love, laughter, and sweet treasures. I had the sweetest honor of interviewing the owner, Lana and getting an inside scoop on all the delicious information I will share with you throughout this blog post. If you don’t have a sweet tooth now, you definitely will after reading this!
CNC Bakery sits in a beautiful historic home right off Main St. in Nicholasville, Ky. The bakery started when the pandemic hit hard; Lana said her s/o suggested that she start her own business, and she chose a business in which she knew she would enjoy. Lana graduated from Sullivan University, thus creating Cinnamon Nutmeg & Clove Bakery & Deli, CNC Bakery for short. Her favorite thing about this bakery is that she gets to do what she loves!
Let’s Talk About Their Tasty Menu
CNC Bakery offers donuts, deli sandwiches, cookies, muffins, pies, salads, bread… If it can be baked, she and her team can create! They also take custom orders for cakes, cupcakes, etc. My favorite sweet treat from CNC Bakery is their long john chocolate donut filled with Bolivarian cream in the morning!
Lana said that their best-selling product by far is their cinnamon rolls. However, it really depends! She also mentioned how everyone enjoys the bread they make and that sometimes people even ask for just the bread alone. She noted how she was so shocked that so many people just wanted the bread alone. CNC Bakery also does offer gluten-free options.
CNC Bakery does offer catering and can create custom-made cakes for any occasion! Something I found really cool was how she created Loretta Lynn’s 89th birthday cake! Lana was a baking star in the Jessamine Journal’s article, Reaching For The Pie In The Sky, as this article discusses how she was chosen to make Loretta Lynn’s 89th birthday cake. The link to this article will be listed at the end. But can we take a few minutes to appreciate that a Nicholasville bakery was chosen to make Loretta Lynn’s cake? How awesome is that! Pictured below is the cake in question!
We were famous in a small town when we got back from Tennessee (after delivering Loretta Lynn’s cake and even being apart of her 89th birthday celebration)
Lana Rowland, Owner of CNC Bakery
CNC Bakery is getting a drive-thru soon! Lana mentioned how they would be doing a cinnamon roll week after opening this new addition!
CNC Bakery is also expanding! Lana announced that they are adding a bakery in the Fayette Mall, located in the food court called Lana’s Bake Shop, and there she will be releasing a new line of items, including snickers, smores, and much more donuts. She also mentioned a few new coffee flavors! Lana’s Bake Shop is said to open real soon! The picture below is a sneak peek of the new location!
Something Worth Mentioning…
Lana sent me something that I wanted to add to this blog post. She shared an article with me about her dad’s first cousin and how he, Fred, was bigger than life to her, and an inspiration. I encourage everyone to click here and read more about Fred (Frederic Lee) Baker!
My cooking and baking journey didn’t happen by accident, it happened by love. Over generations.
More Information + Final Thoughts
CNC Bakery is located at 615 N. Main St. Nicholasville, Ky, and you can call them via 859-241-6229. The bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 3:30 pm. Consider checking out their Facebook and Instagram page! (click the blue text to visit those pages)
I am so thankful for getting the opportunity to meet Lana Rowland and to get an inside view of her bakery! She is such a sweet person, and her baked goods are so delicious. I urge everyone, if they haven’t visited this cute bakery, to do so soon! I am so excited for Lana’s Bake Shop to open in the Fayette Mall too! Shop local, support local.
Oh! One more thing, CNC Bakery, like many other local businesses in Jessamine County, were featured on the board game, Jessamine-opoly, a Monopoly copy board game created by the company, Late For The Sky, a company that is known for custom-made board games. Jessamine-opoly has been sited at the Nicholasville Walmart, it is uncertain how many of this board game, are available.
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KCAL Old Time Radio/Jessamine County Old Time Radio Troupe is a nonprofit located on Main St. in Nicholasville, Kentucky produced and directed by Doug Fain, Denise, and Norman Cline and features other members including but not limited to David Damron, Connie McDonald, Billy Holland, Eddie Clements, Roger Garrison, Steve Watts & Susan Clements.
Background and Purpose
It started out as the Jessamine County Creative Art League, then The Old Time Radio Troupe decided to join in and do shows with them. Eventually, the KCAL group took over and this is the beginning of their 8th season! The group does 4 shows a year. The last 2 years and this one, they have and are hosting a Halloween show at First Vineyard. The KCAL Old Time Radio Theatre is located at 109 South Main St. in Nicholasville Ky!
We call it theatre of the mind because if you can, sometime during many of our shows we ask that you close your eyes and imagine what it would be like to either be sitting in the audience or listening on the radio.
October 30th – SOLD OUT EVENT – Call for waiting list: 859-885-5363
November 5th – The Annual KCAL Gospel Showcase live and in-person at the Jessamine Christian Church
December 10-12th – Christmas Show at Downtown Theater
For box office, call 859-885-5363
More information on Nov. 5th show: FREE ADMISSION, however, a love offering will be taken during the concert. ALL of the proceeds from the benefit will be donated to the Jessamine County Schools Homeless Education Program.
Something to Consider…
I encourage everyone to put one of their shows on their bucket list! I hear so many say there is nothing to do in Nicholasville, well I found something for everyone to do! Their shows are entertaining, and they are non-profit. They do everything themselves and they work hard to entertain the community and to give back to our community through donations. Please consider donating, for more information click here. To see their current donors click here.
My Final Thoughts
I enjoyed meeting some of the members and had a great interview with Denise Cline. I cannot wait to attend their upcoming shows. I had the chance to have a peek at their upcoming Halloween show and it seems like it is going to be a hit! They have photo ops relating to the shows, and they’re just amazing people. Check them out on Facebook and visit their website by clicking here! As always thank you so much for reading, I really do hope you check them out, and please consider subscribing to my blog so you can stay updated on all things Kentucky, more specifically, all things Jessamine County! Stay safe.
Highlighting One of the Most Anticipated Events in Nicholasville Kentucky!
Nicholasville Kentucky is a small town located south of Lexington that offers quite a bit of stuff to do and sights to see! Some may argue there is nothing to do here, however, I beg to differ and will protest that statement in my upcoming blog, Hidden Gems of Jessamine County I plan to release by January 2022.
This past weekend Jessamine County hosted their Jessamine Fall Festival (in Nicholasville) which featured local vendors, food, fun, and community interaction. I attended the morning and afternoon of the event on Saturday. It was a great crowd, and everyone followed guidelines and was respectful towards one another and I am just so proud of that. In this blog, I will discuss some local businesses and some of the fun I had with my husband, my sister, brother-in-law, and his nephews. In the end, I am also featuring a gallery of photos sent to me by the Jessamine Fall Fest page and fellow citizens who enjoyed their time at the festival!
The opening ceremony was a nice one! They opened with the East & West High School Choir singing the National Anthem along with the American Legion Guard Post 63. As well as the East Jessamine Middle School Harmonics group with Mr. Mason-Walker.
Local Vendors and Shops
There was a great variety of vendors from all over Central Kentucky! I, unfortunately (with the crowd) only had the chance to speak to a few, but I am adding all the vendors I know of to this list so if you missed out, you can go check them out on your own time! If your business was there and not listed, shoot me an email and I will add you! I highly encourage everyone to go support these businesses!
Breaking Free Kentucky – Nonprofit organization in Central Ky that helps with resources for housing, services and job opportunities for women whose lives have been affected by abuse and trauma. I visited their booth and purchased a candy apple. I just had to feature this because as a survivor myself, how could I pass this opportunity? I love women supporting and helping fellow women. Visit their website by clicking here.
Handcrafted From Home – A small business local to Versailles, Ky. She makes some really funny and amazing things for the home! You can check out her Instagram by clicking here.
Grams Greatest Creations – A local crafts maker who also makes amazing funny and sweet home goods! Click here to check out their Facebook page!
Beyond Sight Creations – Creates amazing wire trapped crystals that are tarnish resistant and so beautiful, and so much more! You will need to click here and check out her Facebook page to really get the full idea, beautiful pieces for sure. Nicholasville local as well!
Your Country Princess Boutique – Local shop here in Nicholasville Ky that specializes in custom goods, home décor and much more. Check out their Facebook page by clicking here!
Ponies & Paisleys Embroidery and Vinyl – Cute shop that offers embroidery and screen printing! Check out their Facebook Page and click here!
Lock 8 Designs – A local shop to Central Kentucky, Nicholasville area that specializes in embroidery, clothing and much more. Click here to check out their website!
Chrisman Mill Vineyards & Winery – Vineyard and winery located in jessamine Co. Ky. I tried one of their sweet sangrias while at the festival and it didn’t disappoint. May have to do a blog just for them soon! Like them on Facebook or just check them out by clicking here!
Sassy Mama – Boutique local to Central Ky that features maternity clothing that is comfortable and cute! Click here to check them out on Facebook!
Azalea’s Bowtique – This is another local craft maker who creates the cutest bows! Check them out on Facebook by clicking here!
Overall, it was a very nice festival this year, with a much bigger crowd than in 2019. It was quite impressive and very fun! There were other events but I didn’t attend them. Below is a gallery full of photos from several people who attended as well! There was face painting, airbrush tattoos, and more! I cannot wait till next year’s Fall Fest! Thank you for reading and please consider subscribing to my blog, I blog about all things Kentucky and I also help small businesses and local businesses with promotion. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram as well!